14B.102  Department established--mission--powers and duties.

1.  Department established.  The information technology department is established as a state department. The mission of the department is to foster the development and application of information technology to improve the lives of Iowans.

2.  Powers and duties of department.  The powers and duties of the department shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

a.  Providing information technology to participating agencies and other governmental entities as provided in this chapter.

b.  Implementing the strategic information technology plan as prepared and updated by the information technology council.

c.  Developing and implementing a business continuity plan, as the director determines is appropriate, to be used if a disruption occurs in the provision of information technology to participating agencies and other governmental entities.

d.  Developing and implementing recommended standards for information technology, including but not limited to system design and systems integration and interoperability, which when implemented shall apply to all participating agencies except as otherwise provided in this chapter. The department shall implement information technology standards as established pursuant to this chapter which are applicable to information technology procurements for participating agencies.

e.  Recommending and implementing standards for an electronic repository for maintaining mandated agency reports as provided in section 304.13A. Such repository shall be developed and maintained for the purpose of providing public access to such mandated reports. The department shall develop such standards in consultation with the state librarian.

f.  Developing and maintaining security policies and systems to ensure the integrity of the state's information resources and to prevent the disclosure of confidential records.

g.  Developing and implementing effective and efficient strategies for the use and provision of information technology for participating agencies and other governmental entities.

h.  Coordinating the acquisition of information technology by participating agencies in furtherance of the purposes of this chapter. The information technology department shall review a request for information technology submitted by a participating agency for purposes of determining whether such request meets the applicable standards established pursuant to this chapter. Upon a determination that the request meets such standards, the information technology shall be procured for the participating agency by the department of general services. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit or limit a participating agency from entering into an agreement or contract for information technology with a qualified private entity.

i.  Entering into agreements pursuant to chapter 28D or 28E, or memorandums of understanding or other agreements as necessary and appropriate to administer this chapter.

j.  Establishing and maintaining, in cooperation with the department of revenue and finance and the department of general services, an inventory of information technology devices used by participating agencies and other governmental entities using the information technology department's services. The information technology department may request a participating agency to provide such information as is necessary to establish and maintain an inventory as required under this paragraph, and such participating agency shall provide such information to the department in a timely manner.

k.  Receiving and accepting donations, gifts, and contributions in the form of money, services, materials, or otherwise, from the United States or any of its agencies, from this state or any of its agencies, or from any other person, and to using or expending such moneys, services, materials, or other contributions in carrying on information technology operations.

l.  Charging a negotiated fee, to recover a share of the costs related to the research and development, initial production, and derivative products of the department's proprietary software and hardware, information technology architecture design, and proprietary technology applications developed to support authorized users, to private vendors and to other political entities and subdivisions, including but not limited to states, territories, protectorates, and foreign countries. The department may enter into nondisclosure agreements to protect the state of Iowa's proprietary interests. The provisions of chapter 23A relating to noncompetition by state agencies and political subdivisions with private enterprise shall not apply to department activities authorized under this paragraph.

3.  Service charges.  The department shall render a statement to a participating agency or other governmental entity for a reasonable and necessary amount for information technology provided by the department to such agency or entity. An amount indicated on a statement rendered to a participating agency or other governmental entity shall be paid by such agency or entity in a manner determined by the department of revenue and finance. Amounts charged and paid pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited in the operations revolving fund created in section 14B.103.

4.  Dispute resolution.  If a dispute arises between the department or information technology council and an agency for which the department provides or refuses to provide information technology, the dispute shall be resolved as provided in section 679A.19.

Section History: Recent form

  2000 Acts, ch 1141, §3, 19; 2000 Acts, ch 1226, §7; 2001 Acts, ch 70, §1

Internal References

  Referred to in § 23A.2


  Review of operations of Iowa communications network and information technology department, see 2000 Acts, ch 1141, §17, 19

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